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Signora Da Vinci by Robin Maxwell
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Jul 10, 2011

it was ok
Read in July, 2011

I learned some interesting facts from this book -- I had no idea that da Vinci was illegitimate, nor did I know much about his path as an artist's apprentice. I think that part of the book is reasonably accurate, and I liked that kind of historical context.

Unfortunately, *most* of the book is completely invented from whole cloth -- and consists almost entirely of extremely implausible coincidences that would be historically significant *if* they were true. Which, of course, they are almost certainly not. I just found it impossible to take it seriously. Leonardo da Vinci's mother, the mistress of Lorenzo de Medici? Really? Come on. There's just too much extrapolation in the book for my taste.

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